Research Topic Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships 2017
Reference number: HumSS2017-02
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to offer a range of ESRC funded Postgraduate Research Studentships across a number of Social Science pathways, which aim to attract outstanding candidates to join our vibrant research community of over 300 postgraduate research students and 200 academic staff. 

 Keele University is a member of the Economics & Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) Northwest Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP).  The NWSSDTP is one of fourteen DTPs in the UK, created by the Economic and Social Research Council. The NWSSDTP comprises the Universities of Keele, Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester and provides master's and PhD students with access to funding and quality research training in social science disciplines. Students will have access to research expertise across Liverpool, Keele, Manchester and Lancaster.

For 2017-2018 we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across the following pathways:

  • Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work
  • Economic & Social History
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Social Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine
  • Socio-Legal Studies

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rates plus a tuition fee waiver (currently £14,296 and £4,151 for three years).

To find out more about our research, please see the following web pages: 

Humanities & Social Sciences: http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/

Primary Care & Health Sciences: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pchs/

Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine: http://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/

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Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date 3 February 2017

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Research Topic AHRC Studentships in History, Literature, Music, Creative Writing, Film & Cultural Studies, Law and Philosophy
Reference number: HumSS2017-01
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to offer a range of AHRC sponsored Postgraduate Research Studentships across the Humanities, which aim to attract outstanding candidates to join our vibrant research community of over 300 postgraduate research students and 200 academic staff. 

Keele University is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), 94% of work in the Humanities at Keele was judged to be of at least international standard.Between 67% and 82% of submissions ranked in the top two categories, denoting Internationally Excellent and World Leading research (3* and 4*).  

For 2017-2018 we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across:

  • Music and Music Technology
  • Creative Writing
  • English and American Literature
  • European, British, Transnational and American History
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Law
  • Philosophy
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Duration 3 years
Fees £4,121
Stipend £14,296 (RCUK rate - pending 2017/18 uplift)
Closing date 20 January 2017

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Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Analysing electronic prescribing data for medicine optimization
Reference number: ISTM2016-04
Abstract

Project Overview


Applications are invited for a full-time 3-year PhD studentship, funded by the School of Pharmacy and the Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM), University of Keele to commence at the start of January 2017. This project will be of interest to students with a background in pharmacy, statistics, social science or information science.


The studentship will be centred on the analysis of electronic medical records with the aim of understanding the role of polypharmacy and/or deprescribing in effective medicine use. As Medicines Optimisation is one of the key themes of the Pharmacy School at Keele (see centreformedicinesoptimisation.co.uk), this is an opportune time to address these issues.


Polypharmacy (defined as the prescription of multiple drugs) is becoming more prevalent within the UK National Health Service (NHS) for a range of reasons including the ageing population and increasing preventative prescribing.


Deprescribing involves changing medication to reduce polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate or ineffective medication.


The project will utilise the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) and/or The Health Improvement Network (THIN) which are internationally recognised resources for conducting robust medical and epidemiological research. The research team in the Pharmacy School at Keele has published widely using CPRD and more recently THIN (see www.keele.ac.uk/pharmacy/staff/martinfrisher/).


A report by the King's Fund entitled “Polypharmacy and medicines optimisation; Making it safe and sound” (http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/polypharmacy-and-medicines-optimisation) suggested making a differentiation between appropriate and problematic polypharmacy. However there is little research on this topic. There are conflicting opinions on polypharmacy; previously it has been deemed as something to be avoided, but now it is considered beneficial in many circumstances. However the nature of these circumstances is unclear.


The following research questions will be explored:



  • How should polypharmacy be defined?

  • What factors influence polypharmacy use in an ageing population?

  • How does polypharmacy relate to other health seeking behaviours?

  • Is polypharmacy use associated with current and future well being?

  • To what extent can appropriate and problematic polypharmacy be assessed using electronic databases

  • How does polypharmacy use change over the life course?

  • Under what circumstances is deprescribing an effective intervention?


General practice databases have the potential to examine real life prescribing patterns but they have rarely been utilised in relation to polypharmacy. For this study, there are a range of possible study designs, e.g. selecting cohorts who have had a medication review or selecting cohorts with multi-morbidity.  The large sample size and representativeness of CPRD and THIN means there is considerable statistical power for cohort and case-control studies and to draw robust conclusions on disease incidence, risk factors, exposure effects, treatment patterns and health outcomes. The ability to analyse and interpret large health datasets is increasingly useful to pharmacists in the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry.


Applicants should have a first of upper-second-class honours degree or equivalent and preferably some relevant research experience. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently and be responsible for attending appropriate research methods and data analysis modules. Experience of using relational databases and statistical software is desirable by not essential. There may also be a qualitative component to this project; for example to understand more about polypharmacy prescribing decisions from the viewpoint of prescribers and patients.


Please include the studentship reference number in your application - ISTM2016-04

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Duration 3 years
Fees The studentship will be available from January 3rd 2017. Three years full time fees will be paid at current UK/EU rates."
Stipend Three years full time stipend will be paid at the current Research Council rate (£14,296).
Closing date 13th December 2016

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Research Topic Investigate the effect of sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells on endothelial cells and astrocytes of the blood brain barrier, in cerebral malaria
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-09
Abstract

Applications are invited for a self-funded 3-year PhD studentship.  This study will investigate changes in human brain endothelial cells and astrocytes in response to PRBC cytoadherence and mechanisms involved in mediating these changes.  These studies will be performed using human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBEC) and human astrocytes grown in tandem in an in vitro co-culture model, using an advanced model of the blood brain barrier (BBB).

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Duration 3 years
Fees Please see advert
Stipend None - please see advert
Closing date 8 August 2017

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Research Topic Examining the influence of entrustability-based rating scales on examiners’ cognition in medical education
Reference number: RPCH2016/16
Abstract

Accurate assessment of the clinical skills of trainee healthcare professionals is vital for both patient safety and educational development and fairness. Current assessment approaches rely on observation and judgement of by professionals of students “competence” but are beset by problems: observation is resource intensive; unwanted variations between examiners produce problematic variability in scores; examiners are reluctant to fail poor candidates; and examiner training has limited benefits.

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Duration Three years full time or six years part time.
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates, for three years only.
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time.
Closing date 21 November 2016

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Research Topic Methodological research on discovering causal links between PCI procedures and adverse outcomes.
Reference number: IACS2016-1
Abstract

We are looking to recruit a PhD student to work on statistical modelling and causal inferences of real world outcomes following PCI, including complications, efficacy of treatments and clinical outcomes, using routinely collected national PCI data from the BCIS dataset. Specifically, we aim for the prospective PhD student to apply structural equation models, Bayesian causal networks or closely related causal modelling approaches to discover causal links between clinical procedures and pharmacology, and complications, and to model their impact on mortality.

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Duration 3 years
Fees Three years full time fees paid at current UK/EU rates. International, UK and EU students are welcome to apply. Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time.
Stipend Research studentship stipend currently paid at £14,296 per annum for 2016/17.
Closing date 8th December 2016

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